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Photo: Hemp Industries Association September 2011, Saskatchewan Canada. Hemp grain crop ready for harvest.
September 2011, Saskatchewan Canada. Hemp grain crop ready for…
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Photo: James Crisp / Associated Press Kentucky agriculture directors Benson Bell and Adam Watson with a DEA-contested bag of hemp seed.
Kentucky agriculture directors Benson Bell and Adam Watson with a…
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Photo: CHET BROKAW / ASSOCIATED PRESS Alex White Plume at home in Manderson, S.D., with hemp plants that grew from DEA-raid seeds.sits on the back steps of his house near Manderson, S.D., on Tuesday, June 26, 2007, near some hemp plants that grew from seeds knocked off plants confiscated by federal drug agents. White Plume sought to grow hemp, a cousin of marijuana with only a trace of marijuana’s drug, on his ranch on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. (AP Photo/Chet Brokaw)
Alex White Plume at home in Manderson, S.D., with hemp plants that…
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Photo: P. Solomon Banda / ASSOCIATED PRESS In this Oct. 5, 2013 photo, a volunteer walks through a hemp field at a farm in Springfield, Colo. during the first known harvest of industrial hemp in the U.S. since the 1950s. (AP Photo/P. Solomon Banda)
In this Oct. 5, 2013 photo, a volunteer walks through a hemp field…
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Photo: Haraz N. Ghanbari, Associated Press David Bronner, CEO of Dr. Bronner’s Magic soaps, stands in a cage holding hemp during a hemp protest, Monday, June 11, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)
David Bronner, CEO of Dr. Bronner’s Magic soaps, stands in a cage…
Maligned and banned: The American comeback of industrial hemp
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After serving nearly 80 years on narcotics charges, hemp is back, semi-legalized in the 2014 Farm Bill.
Its new age is a chemical renaissance. Experimental medicines extracted from hemp seed oil will treat epilepsy, migraine headaches, glaucoma, and diabetic and other nerve pain; there may even be applications for multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. The plant’s rough outer bast fibers, formerly waste, can be used in super-capacitors to store energy for electronic devices; these cooked carbon nanosheets, at least as efficient as current materials including graphene, were unveiled at the annual exposition of the American Chemical Society, held last …Read More